Top 7 Twitter Apps for Mac

Twitter has proven itself to be a great tool for networking, keeping up to date with friends, and generally “stalking” unsuspecting folk. The Twitter website works remarkably well, but there are a variety of different desktop applications which integrate sending and receiving updates into your local environment.

Each of these have different strengths and weaknesses, and I’m confident that you’ll be able to find a client which fits your need perfectly. In no particular order, here are 7 different Twitter applications for your Mac.

Twitteriffic

Twitteriffic

Twitteriffic

Undoubtedly the most obvious and famous Twitter client; Twitteriffic looks great, retains a small desktop footprint and is the tool of choice for many Twitter users. A huge number of keyboard shortcuts, support for multiple accounts and the cutest icon of all the apps in this list makes Twitteriffic a strong contender. A companion iPhone app is also available.

Price: Free (Ad Supported)
Requires: Mac OSX 10.4 or later
Developer: IconFactory

Twhirl

Twhirl

Twhirl

Powered by Adobe Air, Twhirl is a multi-platform Twitter client with a host of useful features. It can connect to multiple accounts, automatically shorten URLs, cross post with other services (such as Pownce and Jaiku) and the color is customizable. It doesn’t look quite as pretty as Twitteriffic, but provides greater functionality.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OSX 10.4.9 or later
Developer: Seesmic, Inc

Twucket

Twucket

Twucket

A simple application, Twucket is designed to use minimum screen estate and runs in a normal OSX window. It works in the same fashion as a standard Mac application, with a selling point being its ‘silent operation’ – no notifications or annoying bouncing dock icons here.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OSX 10.5 or later
Developer: Rebisoft

Twidget

Twidget

Twidget (Dashboard)

Taking a slightly different approach, Twidget displays through the OSX Dashboard rather than the normal desktop space. It retains the familiar Twitter-esque branding and offers a ‘conversation’ view. Functionality is fairly simple, but the list of planned features is impressive.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OSX Tiger or later
Developer: Aquabox

Twitter Pod

Twitter Pod

Twitter Pod

TwitterPod is a Twitter client with the ability to store messages. Everything is displayed in an easy-to-navigate window, ‘quick post’ makes it easily to quickly post a tweet and the app integrates with Growl for notifications.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Developer: Drikin

Spaz

Spaz

Spaz

The oddly named ‘Spaz’ is a Twitter client for users who value open source software and a slightly different design. Using the Adobe Air framework and jQuery, the app uses short URL creation, Markdown syntax support and custom CSS styling.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Developer: Funkatron

Tweetr

Tweetr

Tweetr

The final Twitter app in the roundup is Tweetr. Notable features include the ability to automatically upload and share files through drag and drop along with support for sharing photos taken with your iSight webcam. Tweetr doesn’t have the prettiest interface ever, but might be worth a look if you require specific features.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Developer: John Ballinger

Do You Know Any Others?

I hope that you’ll be able to find a client which works well for you. Personally I’m a big fan of Twitteriffic, but run two instances at the same time to allow me to have multiple accounts logged in at once. Have I missed any? Feel free to let me know if you use an application not listed here!